NewsNational News


Truck driver apologizes after big rig caused historic bridge to collapse

bridge collapse.JPG
bridge collapse1.JPG
bridge collapse2.JPG
Posted at 3:08 PM, Jul 25, 2019

NORTHWOOD, N.D. (WDAY) — A truck driver was fined after driving a semi trailer carrying a heavy load across a historic bridge over the Goose River near Northwood, North Dakota and causing it to collapse.

Michael Dodds was hauling a dry load of beans weighing about 42 tons across the bridge.

Signs posted the bridge's 14-ton weight limit.

Dodds wasn't hurt, but he now faces a $11,400 fine.

He expressed regret.

"The last thing that I'd ever dream of is being involved in something that hurt the community. Very regrettable. And, I'm deeply sorry," Dodds said.

Built in 1906, the Northwood Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The estimated cost to fix the bridge is nearly $1 million.